Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is not planning to change their playing style anytime soon despite suffering another stinging defeat to the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs this season.
The Rockets were considered as the biggest threat to Golden State’s reign, but they fell short anew, losing to the defending champions in six games in the second round. Despite the painful setback, D’Antoni believes that their current style of play will eventually help them win a championship.
D’Antoni pointed out that they are confident with their system as proven by their record over the past three seasons. He said that despite having different personnel in those three seasons, they managed to average 58 wins in the regular season, including a franchise-best 65-win season last year.
“For three years we’ve averaged 58 wins. I think that was the team record before we got here and we’ve averaged that for three years,” D’Antoni said via Mark Berman of Fox 26 Sports. “We’re in a very good spot. We’ll tweak it and try to get that little half step better and I think we can do it.”
It remains to be seen, though, whether or not the Rockets are willing to keep D’Antoni in the next several seasons, as he only has a year left in his contract. In the event he returns next season, he will have a different coaching staff after the Rockets parted ways with Jeff Bzdelik, Roy Rogers, John Cho, Mitch Vanya, and Irv Roland.